King Applauds House Passage of Flood Disaster Relief Legislation
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases this statement applauding the passage of House legislation that contains funding for communities throughout the Midwest that have been affected by severe flooding in the region. The legislation passed the House today on a vote of 257-150, with Congressman King voting in favor of it.
“In Iowa, we need this relief and we need it soon,” said King. “I applaud the House for acting quickly, and I encourage the Senate to work just as quickly to produce a final bill that the President will not hesitate to sign into law.”
Yesterday, Congressman King delivered a speech on the House floor encouraging the House and the Senate to act quickly to “get to a conclusion and adoption” of this legislation.
To watch Congressman King’s floor speech in its entirety, click here.
“We had more water come down below Gavins Point than ever before, and it wiped out a lot of ag land on the Iowa side and more so even on the Nebraska side. We have critical infrastructure that’s got to be reconstructed. We’ve got to protect some of these communities that have been nearly wiped out. The Corps of Engineers, in particular, has 41 breeches on the levies just on the Iowa side of the river. And so, I urge that we get to a conclusion and an adoption of a final package on this disaster relief.”
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“I would point out, Madame Speaker, that this message from the White House said, ‘Congress should not use natural disasters as a pretext to engage in unnecessary spending outside the agreed upon discretionary spending caps.’ So, I’m hopeful that this gets worked out between the House and the Senate. We need the relief, and we need it very soon.”